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Brampton Lock No 11 Narrowboat and cruisers in lock
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Quote of the day No 264

Thursday 15 November 2018

The remaining locks on the Grand Union were all reconstructed in the 1930s. Many canal authors have referred to the paddle gear which was then installed, usually in the most deferent terms. These sluices operate on a worm gear instead of the common toothed bar and cogwheel principle; they are nonetheless very hard to wind. If a lock was Ďagainstí the boat (as most of them seemed to be), it had first to be filled, involving the raising of two paddles. Each one required, I think, twenty very heavy turns of the windlass. To drain the lock two more paddles had to be raised, by which time the operator had turned puce with exertion.

John Liley - Journeys of the Swan

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